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Cane River- by Lalita Tademy

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Cane River, ISBN # 0-446-53052-2,  was written by Lalita Tademy and  published by Warner Books in 2001.   Ms. Tademy searched seven generations of her family tree, and unearthed a story about the brutality of slavery, love, race, … see full wiki

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Author: Lalita Tademy
Genre: African American Fiction
Publisher: Warner Books, Inc.
Date Published: April 2001
1 review about Cane River- by Lalita Tademy

Cane River is a must read -riveting from beginning to end

  • Mar 2, 2009
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Lalita Tademy's ability to render her family's history in a tale woven with heartache, pain, triumph, and the age old struggle of the races. Ms. Tademy begins her tale in 1834 in the heyday of slavery at a Creole plantation owned by the Derbannes.  This plantation is where this lineage of strong African American women begins.

Sexual assault and true loving relationships begin to whiten Ms. Tademy's bloodline until certain members are indistinguishable from others. However the old adage "one drop of black blood means you're black", is ever present, and keeps a clear separation between two sides of the same family. 

Ms. Tademy brilliantly delves into the issues of the psychological impact of looking white while being a member of a black family, the loving relationships that arose between slave and master, society's effect on non traditional relationships between African Americans and Caucasians during the pre and post civil war era.   The fact that she is telling such an authentic story about her own ancestors and has added pictures, old letters and stories passed down from generation to generation makes the story that much more powerful.

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